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Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) is a compulsory online course for new and revalidating applicants for RYA Commercial Endorsement to support a skipper’s Certificate of Competence. You do the course in your own time and can start as soon as you are registered.

Course programme

All new applicants applying for Commercial Endorsement holding one of the certificates below are required to complete the online PPR course.

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat
  • RYA Coastal Skipper (sail or Power)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail or Power)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (Sail or Power)

Candidates usually take between six and eight hours to work through the four-course modules of the PPR and exams.

You can take this course online at any time before applying for your RYA Commercial Endorsement.  There is no requirement for you to complete another PPR course if revalidating your commercial endorsement.

Data protection

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in Flying Fish will set up a username and password on our  admin portal then email you the details. You will then be able to access the online course

This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

More information about our General Data Protection Regulations can be found here


  • Registration and exam fee.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
01/01/2022 01/01/2022 Online only Please ignore the dates!
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Or, please hold my space for 48 hours

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

No requirements, only an understanding of the maritime industry.

Full itinerary

We strongly recommend that you complete all the training modules, which are:

  • Commercial environment – how you fit into the professional maritime world.
  • People – the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
  • Vessel – the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures.
  • Purpose – making sure your vessel is suitable and legal for the work you are carrying out, your obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness.

Following the modules, there is a mock assessment so you can check you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assessment.

Once you have booked and paid the course fee online, you will receive a username and password to allow you to access the interactive PPR section of the RYA website. You study in your own time and take the exam when it suits you by logging onto the RYA site via a link and then completing registration and starting your course.

The course can be done at your leisure however, the exams are timed so do make time to sit the exams.

Related courses

If you are looking to work at sea as a commercial skipper or instructor then we recommend completing your STCW Basic Safety Training Certificates.